During Carnival, people have always celebrated out on the streets, especially on Shrove Tuesday and the Thursday after Ash Wednesday, or Giovedi Grasso in Italian. This is the last important opportunity for a lot of noise and fun before the rigours of Lent really set in. Many types of street food, or at least food that was once cooked on the streets, are attached in some way to this period, most of them sweet and deep-fried in oil according to tradition. This particular recipe is from Le Marche, but frappe are made in various ways all over Italy. They are as much a part of the Carnival spirit as the masks and costumes, the endless practical jokes and street parading that happens in towns and cities throughout the country at this time of the year.
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